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SS17 Community Festival

Following the success of last year’s event, Hardie Park will be staging the second SS17 Community Festival on Sunday 1st July between 12pm and 6pm. It’s back and it’s bigger and better than last year. We have an awesome line up of acts and entertainment with band Quo’d headlining on the main stage alongside traditional family entertainment including bouncy castles, petting zoo and an appearance from the amazing Calum Courtney, our local BGT contestant. There’s something for everyone! The 19th Stanford Music Festival is taking place on Saturday 30th June on Billet Lane so it promises to be a smashing weekender for the locals.

The event is free to attend. There will be parking available on the day with thanks to local school’s Hassenbrook Academy and St Joseph’s School. Access will be via Manor Road entrance SS17ONY and will be £3 for the day. All proceeds will help to sustain the delivery of the event year on year.

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex SS17 0PB Phone:  07803 295374 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk   Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark  Facebook:www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

 

 

Happy hounds at Hardie

  

Hardie Park joined forces with local companies Dogtopia Pet Services and Alicia’s Obedience Dog Training School this weekend to deliver a dog themed activity day at Hardie Park. The day was free for visitors and their dogs and all funds raised through have-a-go activities, raffles and local business support on the day were split three ways between chosen charities.

This was Dogtopia’s second event of this kind and was a great success. The park provided the perfect venue, the  weather helped attract a huge doggie audience and a great time was had by all. Thanks to local businesses who supported our fundraising efforts with dog related stalls in the park and Wickford Waggin’ Tails Fly Ball Team, Lodge Lane Loonies Agility and The Border Force Agency for their participation. The event raised funds for 3 charitable causes, Noah’s Big Charity, Essex Retired Police Dogs and ourselves, Friends of Hardie Park.

Although we hold a programme of events throughout the year this was our first canine event. It was a pleasure to host and provided an opportunity for us to showcase our park to residents and Thurrock people who had never visited previously. A positive experience for all and one we hope to repeat in the future. A big thank you to local schools Hassenbrook Academy and St Josephs who allowed parking and access for visitors on the day.

Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex SS17 0PB Phone:  07803 295374 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk   Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark  Facebook:www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

Photos were taken on the day by Nelson Howe www.nelsinkiphoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

Rob’s Revenge – Park to Pier Race Fundraiser

Never one to accept defeat, Rob has been stewing on the Crazy Travel Challenge that saw Shane get all the way to Stockholm, Sweden in March and has come up with a “little” challenge of his own…

We are trying to raise up to £25,000 for a brand new slide in the park – if you would like to sponsor our efforts we would be very very grateful indeed. We use CAF Online to take our donations, if you tick the Gift Aid box we get up to 25% more than your donation.

 

 

 

To see the challenge, watch the video.

This time you can get involved too!

Shane will be walking approximately 26km and you can join him for part or all of it and raise your own sponsorship – simply complete the form below if you are interested in taking part – we will email you a sponsorship form so that you can start fundraising straight away!

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Hardie Park Events 2018 in colour

Next time you are in the park pick up one of our What’s On flyers for your fridge door.

The flyer also explains how you can support the park’s fundraising by signing up to Amazon smile and the local Co-op membership scheme.

It’s easy to fundraise without it costing you a penny over the course of the year!

Contact details: Hardie Park Café, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

 

 

 

 

 

Scoot, skate and BMX at Hardie skate park

Since it’s construction in 2016 groups of all ages meet up to practice their tricks at Hardie skate park. What a fantastic addition to the park it has become. Many of the skater boys and girls post their achievements on Instagram.  If you or your friends, children or grandchildren use the park make sure you tag us so we can see your new moves!

We also have an Instagram account so you can follow us @lovehardiepark

#lovehardiepark

Contact details: Hardie Park Café, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

 

 

 

 

 

SS17 talent search for community day in July

The SS17 Community Festival is back at Hardie Park on Sunday 1st July. If you are talented and would like to entertain the SS17 crowd then please get in touch. If you know someone that would love to get involved please spread the word. We’ve got the stage, we just need your voices, moves or act to make it the perfect community day.

This is your chance to be part of it!

Contact Rob Groves on 07803 295374 or email info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk

Contact details: Hardie Park Café, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

 

 

 

In cahoots with M & S to redirect surplus food

Marks and Spencer now send surplus food our way and we are really keen to bring the community together with this food.

What do you think we should do with it?

How can we reach people and share it effectively?

Please get in contact with your ideas and offers of help to make this project work well for SS17.  We would love to hear from you!

Contact details: Hardie Park Café, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex SS17 0PB Phone: 07803 295374 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

 

 

Men plan second event after Classic Car & Craft success

The Hardie Park shedders recently raised over £350 for their Men’s Shed project.  The Classic Cars & Craft event in April was deemed a resounding success, so much so that the second fundraising event has already been put in the diary. Not only was it a fun family day for the community but it provided a great opportunity for the men to showcase their skills. If you have or know someone with a classic car that they would like to bring along please get in touch with Alan or Vic to book a pitch.

Sunday 16th September 10am to 4pm  FREE entry.

Contact Alan Marks on 07731 953050 or Vic Hillier on 07748 967331.

Click HERE to view the event listing on our What’s on page.

Contact details: Hardie Park Café, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

 

 

Shedder’s Classic Cars and Craft Fundraiser

The Mens Shed project at Hardie Park in Stanford le hope are hosting a Classic Car and Craft event to raise funds for their growing venture. The event will take place on Sunday 15th April between 10am and 4pm and consists of a classic car display, craft stalls, food, drink and family entertainment.

Head Shed Supervisor Alan Marks, who arranged the event said, ‘We are a group of like minded men who enjoy woodwork and creating things. The shed building is well underway but we could really do with a financial boost hence organising this family day. We will be demonstrating skills and chatting to anyone who wants to know more about the shed project. We would also like to hear from any car enthusiast who would like to show their classic car at the event, it’s free, you just need to book in advance.’

Fellow Supervisor and Membership Secretary Chris Reid said, ‘By showcasing the shed to local residents we hope to inspire new recruits who may be interested in joining us in the future. We meet on Friday mornings at 9.30am and welcome new members who would like to learn or bring new skills to share.’

To book a free pitch for your classic car you can contact Alan Marks on 07731 953050 or Vic Hillier on 07748 967331.  General entrance to the public is also free.

Click HERE to view the event listing on our What’s on page.

Contact details: Hardie Park Café, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark

 

 

In memory of Grandad

Local gentleman Graham McGregor, a regular visitor to Hardie Park with his grandchildren, sadly passed away last month.

Grandsons from Suffolk, Austin 13 and Aidan 11 came to say goodbye to their Grandad and also visited the park to hand over £350 collected in his memory at the funeral. They have requested half of the donation go to the Hardie Park Gardeners and half to the park fund.

Nikki Pegrum, Cafe Supervisor said, ‘We are really touched that Graham and his grandchildren thought so much of the park and are pleased that it has helped create wonderful memories for the family. The donation is gratefully received.’

Flowers picked from the Hardie Park garden were sent with love from all the volunteers and supporters of the park.

Graham will be sadly missed.

Graham’s granddaughter Kassi also raised and donated £140 with her recent cake sales for the park. (see article below).

Contact details: Hardie Park Café, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex SS17 0PB Phone: 01375 402182 or 07803 295374 Email: info@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoveHardiePark Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark